Gig Review: Beck - BST Hyde Park, London ✭✭✭✭



18th June 2015: Summer is officially here, and the series of concerts at Hyde Park have opened once again, and I went down to catch Beck on the Great Oak Stage. The sun was shining, drinks were flowing and food being ravished by the numerous festival goers.

Beck is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, whose recent hit Loser has topped many a chart worldwide. The first thing that hits you this year at Hyde Park is the quality of the sound. It has improved vastly over the previous years efforts, and where were stood which was to the side and near the front, the richness of the bass was coming through nicely, and not overpowering the vocals, which were quiet on occasion but were turned up during the set.

Opening with Devil's Haircut from the Odelay album, and Black Tambourine from the album Guero, Beck shows why he is one of the most creative musicians around, with the two tracks using the sound system to full capacity. Hell Yes was another track of note.

A surprise insert to the setlist was Sexx Laws, which here in the UK was used on a TV advert, search for it on Youtube and you will know which one! This was after Loser, which had the crowd singing along in fine voice.

With an encore which included harmonica playing, Beck proved to us here that not only is he a good songwriter, but he is also a very fine showman. It staggers me as to why he isn't headlining to be honest... What a great start to the Summer.

Four stars ✭✭✭✭